Some new build home properties include a professionally designed and landscaped garden, but that’s not the standard.
Most homebuyers will have to handle all stages of the setup, planting, and maintenance themselves. While not difficult, planting and tending your own garden does require you to follow certain key steps if you want a lush and colourful output that the neighbours will envy.
Assess the Site
Before visiting the shops, decide what kind of garden you want. Flowers? Greenery such as shrubs and trees? A vegetable garden or fruit orchard? Then examine the lawns themselves. If they are poorly laid, defects will appear, usually during the winter melt. If you see signs of waterlogging, it may be necessary to install drainage. You may even have to lift all of the existing turf, prepare the site properly, and then relay it.
Improve the Soil
New developments don’t always have a soil profile that is conducive to planting. This is because the existing topsoil is usually removed before building commences, and then the exposed subsoil is compacted by construction traffic. When new soil is finally brought in to landscape the site, it merely covers aggregates and debris. You may have to double-dig the entire garden to break up compacted subsoil and and remove debris. Because the soil surrounding new builds is typically low in nutrients, it is also a good idea to spread organic matter and /or fertiliser over it.
Design and Plan a New Build Home Garden
Create a scale drawing of the plot before measuring out the area using pegs and a tape measure. Some form of design is recommended to ensure that the garden layout and features are proportionate to each other and aesthetically pleasing. At some point you may want to hire a professional garden designer who will produce a plan based on the garden’s intended use, the style you prefer, and any physical limitations of the site.